Three Cone Health Non-Invasive Cardiology Labs Receive Echocardiography Accreditation
The non-invasive cardiology departments at Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital have been granted three-year terms of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of adult transesophageal and adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means that the Cone Health non-invasive cardiology departments have undergone a thorough review of operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed in hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.